Why Outlast 2 Was Refused Classification in Australia

Update: IGN has received a copy of the Australian Classification Board report, detailing the reason Outlast II was refused classification yesterday. Please note, the description below contains spoilers and is adult in nature.

Outlast II fell afoul of classification guidelines due to a rape sequence during a cut-scene in the game, viewed in first-person.

The event occurs amongst a group of grey-skinned humanoid creatures involved in “what appears to be a ritualistic orgy.”

As the lead character Blake yells at the creatures to get away from his wife, who is shackled to a platform above, “a female creature, her greyish breasts bared, pushes him onto his back, holds his arms to the ground and repeatedly thrusts her crotch against him. As Blake protests, saying “No! Stop that!” the creature thrusts again, before placing its face over his midsection and then sitting up and wiping its mouth. Although much of the contact between the creature and Blake is obscured, by it taking place below screen, the sexualised surroundings and aggressive behaviour of the creature suggest that it is an assault which is sexual in nature. The Board is of the opinion that this, combined with Blake’s objections and distress, constitutes a depiction of implied sexual violence.”

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Source: IGN